Proactivity Report

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:10 -- tim henry

One activity during the local group on Saturdays is called a "proactivity report."  This is where you have the opportunity to stand in front of the group and give a brief report on anything you did over the week where you put the therapy techniques in place and made a step towards overcoming your social anxiety.

This is an example of a current group members proactivity report:

One individual has trouble with helping customers at his retail job.  One day his anxiety spiked when a customer asked him a question that he wasn't sure of the answer to and even though he had help from a coworker when dealing with it, he still beat himself up for appearing "stupid" to the customer.  He ruminated over this for a short period of time and he even began to wonder if he would last at his job because he seemed to be doing so terribly at it. It was during this particularly bad negative thought
that he remembered to use the therapy techniques discussed in the audio series and was able to think rationally about it (he's relatively new at the job and shouldn't expect himself to have all the answers). 

Even if he had worked there for a long time, he still shouldn't expect to know everything because that just isn't rational or possible.  About 30 minutes later, he had another customer ask him where a certain pair of shoes were and even though he still had to find the manager to ask her about it,
he found the shoes and felt so good about it that he actually forgot about his negative thoughts earlier and his confidence  increased.